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    September 26, 2012
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street in the 5000 block. investigators got there and found one person shot in the head. this man is accused of lying about his age so he could sleep with a 14-year-old. kirk yancey is a special police officer at washington hospital center. police say in august he met a girl online, posed as a 17-year- old boy. they met, had sex and afterwards he told her he was 24. yancey is really 34. police are asking anyone with a similar experience to give them a call. today members of pepco's electrical union will vote on whether or not to accept a contract proposal from the utility. if a strike does eventually happen, a pep a pepco spokeswoman assures they won't notice a thing. the power company has
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contractors on standby. the labor dispute surrounds wage benefits and other issues. the leader of local 1900 says pepco can't rely only on backup contractors in the event of severe weather. >> we're the people that keep the lights on, not the management. we're the ones out in the bucket trucks and in the manholes and on the streets. >> a spokesperson for pepco says the utility doesn't want a strike but it's prepared for one. while the union is scheduled to vote on the contract today, they will hold a separate vote on whether or not they will strike. the u.s. postal service has suffered another setback. the usps is expected to miss a $5.6 billion payment to the government. they were expected to make the payment on sunday. the cash is supposed to fund health care benefits for retirees. if congress doesn't act soon, mail delivery could be drastically cut. turning our attention to the race for the white house.
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both mitt romney and president obama will be in ohio today. >> both candidates plan to make stops in the cleveland and toledo areas. governor romney will also make a stop near columbus. tara mergener has more. >> reporter: by bus or by plane, for mitt romney and paul ryan, this election could come down to one state. >> oh. oh! >> ohio. >> works every time. >> reporter: ohio is one of the key swing states in this election and today romney and president obama will be battling for attention there, but the latest cbs news poll swing state shows romney with some ground to make up. the poll just out this morning has president obama up ten points in the buckeye state. he had a six-point lead before the conventions. >> we don't like it. we're not going back. >> reporter: the numbers are similar in florida where the president now has a nine-point
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lead over romney and in pennsylvania he's maintained a double-digit advantage for a couple of months now. but it's ohio that's been the main focus of the campaign with president obama and his republic rival each making his 14th trip to the state. turn on a tv set in ohio and this is what you'll likely see during a commercial break. both campaigns sent more here than any other state. president obama and his allies have spent nearly $48 million on ads in the state since may 1. romney is not far behind. he and the super pack supporting him have pumped in nearly $43 million. >> how in the world can people say they want four more years of president obama? we can't afford four more years of president obama. >> reporter: romney has been trying to make the case he will do a better job with the economy but in all three states the poll shows president obama leading on that issue. >> the path i offer is harder but it leads to a better place.
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i'm asking you to choose that future. >> reporter: romney does lead in one category. voters in those same states say he would do a better job on the deficit. tara mergener for cbs news, washington. >> when asked about the latest polls which show governor romney trailing in ohio, his political director would only say he trusts his internal polling and not public polls. at 4:34, here's a look at some other things making news now [ inaudible ] the ongoing civil war is a key topic of discussion at the u.n. meetings in new york city. secretary-general is demanding global action to stop the war. an international charity called save the children claims kids will be traumatized for life after witnessing the devastation and enduring torture. the group is pleading with the international community to help syria's youngest victims. today prince george's county police are holding two
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events that involve the deaths of high school students. very sad here. the first will be a community walk beginning at oak creek west community park. crime solvers flyers are going to be passed out there. they're trying to find out more information about the death of amber stanley who was killed last month in her own bedroom in kettering. the other meeting is at central high school in relationship to the murder of rackel ross who was shot while walking to school. former university of university lacrosse player george huguely is appealing his murder convict. he was sentenced last month to 23 years in prison. he was convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend ex-girlfriend yeardley love. there is a permanent reminder in place to remind people of those who have served our country and have not been found.
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charles county is the first in the state to fly the flag year round. it honors the 1700 u.s. soldiers missing in action from the vietnam war. one of those soldiers francis wills. his family was at yesterday's event. >> someone once said that dying for our country isn't the worst thing that can happen. being forgotten is. >> the pow mia flag will fly year round outside the government building in la plata. frustrations have reached a head over the replacement of the referees in the n.f.l. >> monday night's game was enough to get the n.f.l. and union officials talking on tuesday. gary nurenberg is here to narrate the developments. >> reporter: if you've just been released from solitary confinement and haven't seen it, here's the last seconds hail mary in the green by- seattle game monday night. one says touchdown.
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the other says touchback the defense got it. green bay wins. they went with offense. seattle wins. watch 81, seattle, push as player out of the way, interference not called, apparently didn't catch the ball. refs ruled he did. seattle wins. seattle put out a statement, yeah, seattle wings. the ref who made the call had only reffed games at height school and junior college level. bipartisan vote the refs out [ inaudible ] >> it is time to get the real refs. >> reporter: you think? one vef tricked by a coach to permit an extra challenge and a coach grabs a ref in anger. the diplomatic green bay head coach. >> it's different. there's no question about it. >> reporter: green bay's quarterback. >> awful. >> reporter: why on earth are high school refs in the n.f.l. labor dispute between the real
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refs in the n.f.l. which locked them out in may. gary nurenberg, 9news now. >> well, redskins offensive coordinator kyle shanahan has been fined for his behavior toward one of the refs after the team's game on sunday. the younger shanahan was fined $25,000. after the loss to the bengals, he went after the referees, not just on the field but he followed them into the tunnel there. he admitted he lost his composure. he has since apologized. it is 4:38. olga is in for howard. she says showers possibly headed our way. >> at 4:50, a number of military leaders says the nation's obesity problem may turn into a matter of national security. >> we're back in two minutes with your weather first. you're watching 9news now. i think they speak all kinds over there. nah. it's basically one language with a few variations. my cousin has a passport. uh-huh. take this fascinating muller yogurt. frut up. means "fruit up."
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as in creamy yogurt down below. and a delectable, aromatic layer of blended fruity, moussey, uppiness on top. frut up. as the europeans say. in their language. wow. you really are bilingual. yeah, i dated a comma in high school. [ male announcer ] muller. the european for yummy.
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welcome back. 4:40. olga breese in for howard bernstein this morning. we'll see sunshine through midday. that will help temperatures get into the lower 80s. watch for late day showers, maybe even a thunderstorm to develop after the 5:00 hour. monika? on the beltway north of town at georgia avenue, traffic is moving well. both loops of the beltway here. no issues to report between 270 and i-95 on the top side of town. i'll be back with more traffic coming up in a few minutes at 4:47. it is time for the first your money segment of the morning. >> it is indeed. here's the lovely jessica doyle. >> good morning. well, americans are growing more confident about the economy. that's a good thing. a new survey of consumer confidence rose to a seven month high. rising home values are feeling a modest but steady improvement in the housing market. home prices rose in july to a nine-year high but the good news just wasn't strong enough for stocks. the do you stands at 13,457
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after dropping 101 points yesterday. nasdaq was down by 43 and the s&p 500 was off by 15. greece is bracing for a nationwide general strike today. it's expected to affect everything from ferries to schools and hospitals. unions are calling the strike -- rather calling the strike to protest new austerity measures that include further pension and pay cuts. protests in spain turned violent tuesday as riots blocked off abscess to the parl -- access to the parliament building in madrid. and barnes and noble says it's launching a video service this fall that will let users buy and rent movies and television shows on their tvs and mobile devices. it puts them in direct competition with other online video providers, including apple and am disonl. barnes and noble also watching new nooks with a beefed up hardware and new 9-inch tablet size. everyone has got one.
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>> amazing. >> everybody has an hd tablet now. >> good to have you back, jess. >> thanks. dulles airport, a new screening which will allow passengers to coast through security. >> we'll have that story plus your weather first when we return in just two minutes.
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good morning. welcome back to 9news now on this wednesday morning. it's 4:45. howard bernstein is off this morning. olga breese is in. she has some showers in her forecast. >> that's right. we are starting off with overcast skies this morning. we saw moisture trying to move in from the west. most of the meefd yacht metro -- immediate metro area has stayed clear and calm. however, we're starting to see some of the moisture move in portions of the beltway. we've seen some showers moving off toward the west toward the bay area. for most of us, though, for today it's going to be pretty good. we'll start you off with our current conditions in and around the beltway. it's been mildover night.
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we owe mild overnight. we haven't had the -- mild overnight. we haven't had the opportunity to dip down to the lower temperatures because of the cloud cover. we'll start to see some clearing and plenty of sunshine through midday. in fact, we'll have the opportunity to really warm up our temperatures later on this afternoon. here's the showers that are starting to move on through for the radar. i'll put this in motion. we saw the moisture whisk across the top of the beltway. still a little bit of wet pavement and conditions north of town but most of that will skim our area for the morning hour. things will be different, though, on your drive time home. here's how we look with our futurecast, our forecast model. it predicts one scenario of how things could play out over the next 24 to 48 hours. i'll get it going from about the 5:00 a.m. hour. notice the cloud cover stays with us most of the day. early afternoon around about your lunch break time, we'll see a little bit of that partial clearing. that's what's going to add to that daytime heating and really
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get our temperatures up into the lower 80s. then into the afternoon we'll build in some more cloud cover. just a pop of moisture starting to move on through but again the afternoon rain chances are really not that healthy for us but it's still quite a bit of a possibility and we're going to continue with this sort of scenario over the next couple of daitz. here's your forecast -- days. here's your forecast in a nutshell. highs about 83, 84 degrees for reagan national airport. slightly warmer temperatures down to the south and winds today mainly out of the southwest at 5 to 15 miles per hour. then overnight tonight, another mild one with overcast skies. we'll see temperatures stick to the 60s. the next to days or three days i should say will be code green. that means we won't have any significant severe weather opportunities. however, we'll be a little moist in the evening as we go through the next couple. temperatures behind the next system really start to cool down. back into the 70s for the weekend. we will have overcast skies so we're not going to see too much of the sunshine again until monday. >> thank you so much, olga.
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good morning, everybody. you have some wet conditions, at least i did until i got toward d.c. and then the roads were relatively dry about an hour ago. if you're planning to head in on 270 right now, things are very light out of frederick. down toward clarksburg and germantown to the point where the lanes divide, you should be just fine this morning. let's take a live look first at the american legion bridge on the west side of town, our mdot camera. things are looking good on the west side of town. some wet road conditions here but volumes are light across the river. you're fine between tysons and bethesda and the north top stretch of town through georgia avenue where there had been some construction. over to our chart camera now. if you're planning to head in on 95, no issues at route 216 as you head between baltimore and our beltway. things are fine on this stretch as well. back over to the maps. no problems to report if you're traveling in from virginia on the northbound side of i-95. things are fine from dumfries as you head towards woodbridge
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and springfield. a live look one more time outside. this time in springfield. both the main and hov lanes are running smoothly. more traffic at 4:55. but first, a new prescreening check point at dulles airport could get you through security faster next time you fly. agents will scan the boarding pass of flyers looking to use the new check point. travelers can move through security while still wearing jackets and shoes. flyers may not have to pull out their liquids or laptops. dulles is the first airport in the country to use this risk- based check point. >> thank you, monika. the u.s. military could be fighting a new battle. the bulge. a new report says it's getting harder to find eligible recruits who meet the physical standards of the u.s. armed forces. >> in fact, the problem is so serious, commanders of all the ranks describe it as a potential threat to national security. tara mergener has more. >> reporter: the american obesity especial dependic has hit the front lines -- epidemic has hit the front lines.
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25 % of young americans are too fat to fight. >> even if they wanted to serve in the u.s. military services, they will not be able to do that because they're disqualified on the basis of obesity. >> reporter: the group made up of more than a hundred retired generals and admirals warned of the problem to years ago and says the problem hasn't improved n. a new report titled "still too fat to fight" and they want to start with kids. >> getting junk food out of our schools is critically important to making sure america's childhood obesity crisis does not become a more serious national security crisis. >> reporter: the writers of the report want to see more cafeterias like the one at this school in washington, d.c. where school officials have tossed out vending machines in favor of healthier foods. military leaders say the problem is reversible if healthier food choices are combined with more physical fitness in schools. >> definitely want to see as students become more fit and
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eat healthier that they'll be able to stay lean near their childhood as then as they move into adulthood. >> reporter: the report says hundreds of recruits are annually discharged from the military because they are too heavy. training those unfit recruits and finding their replacements costs taxpayers an extra $60 million every year. tara mergener for cbs news, washington. >> recruits can get a special waiver for being overweight but they must attend a military weight loss program before basic training. these recruits often gain back the weight and are discharged. childhood obesity may have a greater impact on future health than first thought. researchers at the university of ox forward looked at nearly 50,000 children and found obese kids have significantly higher blood pressure and cholesterol levels. doctors also detected thickening in the heart muscle, a risk factor for heart disease. scientists say these children could be at a 30% higher risk of future stroke and heart disease if they do not lose the
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weight. researchers at the university of wisconsin may have a reason why children living in urban areas are the higher risk of developing asthma. testing on nearly 800 infants show inner city kids are much more likely than suburban children to be exposed to a type of viral respiratory infection during their childhood which could cause chronic lung infections. doctors believe those infections can change the way their lungs develop putting them at high risk for asthma. but more study is needed to confirm the findings. a british study says doctors should trust their gut. researchers found a physician's intuition can sometimes be more accurate than symptoms. scientists tracked pediatricians who scheduled follow-up tests for patients even though examinations showed nothing wrong. in a handful of cases, the children ended up having a serious infection. the doctors in those cases all said they followed a feeling that something was wrong. it is 4:52. time for the question of the
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morning. >> on average the more you do this, the more money you tend to make. is it a, work, b, read or is it the degrees you earn? >> log on to our facebook fan page and let us know what you think. we'll have the answer during our 6:00 show. stay with us.
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we are back at 4:55. we definitely have some moisture moving on in through the area. we are seeing a few of those showers just north of the beltway at this hour. but our temperatures are mild in the 60s to start with the overcast skies. we are get -- we will get some clearing. the clouds will build in late other this afternoon. that means our day planner will have the opportunity to warm us up through the 70s quickly. most of us top out in the lower 80s by early afternoon. by about 4:00 to 6:00 we'll become mostly cloudy again and
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could see some late day showers begin to develop. back to you. timesaver traffic. no problems to report on the inbound side of i-66 as you travel through falls church toward the roosevelt bridge. you'll be fine leaving the beltway. i'll be back with more traffic coming up at 5:01. back to you, andrea. more american students appear to be taking the act college entrance exam rather than the sat. the college board says high school students with the class of 2012 scored an average of one point lower than the class of 2011 on the sat. of course once you have a college degree, the goal is getting a good job. but for the sixth year in a row, salaries for recent college grads are down. according to the progressive policy institute, the average salary for a college graduate between the ages of 25 and 34 working full-time was $54,500 in 2011. that's down 15% from 2005.
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and adds up to about $10,000. a local university gets the top party school in the country ranking according to the play bow magazine. the university of virginia is the number one party school in the whole country. so how is the school handling the new title? you might be able to guess school officials say they would rather be known at uva for their academic achievements and not their ability to host a keg party. a rock 'n' roll legend is going to star on the hollywood walk of fame. >> another music icon gets ready to tell off. bigad shaban has more at this look at entertainment. >> reporter: the rock 'n' rolling wilson sisters ann and nancy finally have a star on the hollywood walk of fame. >> enough time has gone by now and enough other women have taken our example and said if they can, we can. that's what makes it good. >> reporter: their band topped the charts in the '70s with hits like crazy on you and evolved through the '80s and
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'90s. you'll find their star in front of hollywood's musicians institute, a coveted spot for rock 'n' roll bands. journey and motley crue also have stars here. they have sold more than 35 million albums and will release a new album fanatic on tuesday. country singer willy nelson is moving from writing lyrics to writing a memoir. nelson will share stories about his family, music and favorite recreational activities. roll me up and smoke me when i die hits store shelves november 13. top honors for two big names in hollywood. helen merey will get a lifetime achievement award from the european film academy in december. next month robert deniro will receive the hollywood supporting actor award at the hollywood film awards for his role in silver lining's playbook. deniro plays a father whose son moves home to rebuild his life after getting out of a mental
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hospital. the movie opens in november. that's your eye on entertainment. bigad shaban, cbs news, hollywood. good morning. thank you for watching 9news now at 5:00 a.m. i'm andrea roane. i'm mike hydeck. hi, how are you? hey, monika. what's going on? >> everything is great. >> how's traffic? >> traffic is moving well. >> she'll detail that momentarily. >> olga? >> looking good this morning. overcast skies, mild temperatures. we didn't get too cold. it's going to be a good start to your wednesday. midday we're going to get some cloud cover moving on in and just a slight chance for the late day shower or a storm to develop. right now, though, not so bad. most of the moisture this morning we have some pockets of those showers. most of the action has moved off toward our west. quiet on doppler 9000 and our planner for today is definitely going to feature the sunshine through the middle portion. i would say between 10:00 and 2:00. a lot of sunshine. you'll want the sungla